Unitarianism as a steampunk folkway

A frivolous thought occurred to me this morning as I was mooring my zeppelin.

“Western” Free Religion Unitarianism — think Jenkin Lloyd Jones — would make an ideal component to steampunk culture, along with complicated brass fittings and Tesla coils.

Something optimistic, progressive and brashly over-promising.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I just discovered what Steampunk is when a parishioner asked me on Sunday if I would do a renewal of their vows…but he warned me, it would be all Steampunk and would I like help with a costume? I am intrigued and don’t know about a costume, but I am looking for some 19th century flying goggles to accompany my ecclesiastical robes…

  2. At the risk of stepping into Vicki Weinstein’s beat, I’d try for overstated Victorian earrings, or perhaps eyeglasses from a chain. Extra points if you can pull off a monocle.

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